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Old 01-16-2011, 12:13 PM   #1
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Condensed soup..add hot or cold water?

As I am making my daughter a can of condensed soup, my wife claims that you have to add COLD water and not HOT water to it, and then heat it up on the stove. Is this correct and if so why? If this is a legitimate thing, can you reference literature on this? Crazy question but I appreciate your response.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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You're both wrong.
You add milk.


At least I do.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:24 PM   #3
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As I am making my daughter a can of condensed soup, my wife claims that you have to add COLD water and not HOT water to it, and then heat it up on the stove. Is this correct and if so why? If this is a legitimate thing, can you reference literature on this? Crazy question but I appreciate your response.
Cold water. The hot water heater has large deposits of minerals that are kept in solution. By using hot water, you are adding those minerals into your food and drink. The minerals precipitate out in cold water. "Minerals" includes lead and any other metals that can come in contact with your water. Using hot water and then boiling it concentrates the minerals further.

Sorry, I read about this long ago and have no citation.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:24 PM   #4
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If it is a cream soup. I also add milk. Otherwise, I add hot water and heat it up on the stove. I don't think it really makes a difference. Just like the" what side of the tinfoil do you place up" myth...
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:27 PM   #5
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just fyi, the hot water is out of a bottled water dispenser.

and why would you add milk instead of water? i understand if it is a cream soup but otherwise why not water???
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:34 PM   #6
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I don't think it matters if you are using a water dispenser though I find most bottled waters to taste (for lack of a better word) stale.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:38 PM   #7
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7and why would you add milk instead of water? i understand if it is a cream soup but otherwise why not water???
Adding milk makes a richer, tastier product IMHO. You can add water if you want.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:41 PM   #8
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just fyi, the hot water is out of a bottled water dispenser.

and why would you add milk instead of water? i understand if it is a cream soup but otherwise why not water???
Ah, important info...then it doesn't matter. Hot tap water has the properties I previously described.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:41 PM   #9
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I like to use warm/hot water because it seems to help thin the soup w/o it getting clumpy. Unless you eat canned soup every day, I personally wouldn't worry about what might be coming out of the hot water tank.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:50 PM   #10
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I like to use warm/hot water because it seems to help thin the soup w/o it getting clumpy. Unless you eat canned soup every day, I personally wouldn't worry about what might be coming out of the hot water tank.
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